We Love Eyes for MEN Tea Tree Eyelid Foaming Cleanser Product Page 

Includes Dr. Tanya Gill's personal notes and technical Q&A. For professional use only.

Concerns & Considerations

In 2018, we launched We Love Eyes Tea Tree Eyelid & Eyelash Foaming Cleaner for MEN (LFC MEN) as an opportunity to educate men about daily eyelid hygiene. I found this educational piece was missing with males at my practice. Since removing the heart from the face of the box and added the word "MEN," compliance and attitudes have changed for the better.  Although the marketing message was different to the original LFC product, the ingredients remained exactly the same. Below, find more about the story behind the original LFC product.


Some background. Back in 2008 I was traveling the county and speaking at conferences and events about the education of inflammatory dry eye syndrome to other eye doctors. It was and still is my passion – dry eyes and anterior surface disease. A common treatment plan I would give patients for inflammatory dry eye syndrome would be Restasis eye drops BID (the prescription drug) and an eyelid foaming cleanser BID (the cosmetic).


In my clinic, I compared 3 groups of patients. Those that were on Restasis only, eyelid foaming cleanser only, and that that were on both.  I made the clinical realization that when both treatments were used, the results were better. Much of inflammatory dry eye syndrome and other anterior surface diseases involve 2 components: the tear film & the eyelids. Treating both simultaneously garnishes better results in terms of clinical signs & patient symptomatology. 


The tear film component can be addressed in many ways: OTC artificial tears, OTC gel drops, and/or prescription strength dry eye drops such as Restasis and Xiidra. The eyelid component can also be addressed in many ways: OTC eyelid scrubs (foam, solution or impregnated pads), baby shampoo, and Rx /OTC sprays such as hypochlorous. 


By 2014, I noticed a significant group of patients plateauing on their TBUT (tear break up time) scores. During the spring they would experience a drop in their TBUT score by 2-4 points. This was likely due to allergy season. The same group of patients also frequently reported, dry scaly eyelids during this time. Some all year round. I thought to myself that perhaps the eyelid foaming cleanser products, designed to improve dry eye symptoms, were actually contributing to it. Dry scaly eyelids are usually a sign of contact dermatitis which ultimately increases the inflammatory response. Not the results I wanted.


At that same time, my husband was getting severely chapped lips. After weeks of digging and experimenting, I discovered he was sensitive to sodium laurel sulfate. I put 2 and 2 together and found sodium laurel sulfate in the eyelid foaming cleanser I had been prescribing for 7 years to my patients. That evening I went to Whole Foods in search of a cleaner, healthier alternative. None existed. I decided to make one.


Here is a short list of attributes for a potential eyelid foaming product:

  • increase the appearance of the eyes & eyelids
  • eyes feel whiter and brighter with continued use
  • eyes feel invigorated after use
  • no sodium laurel sulfate
  • no artificial fragrances
  • healthier preservatives
  • vegan
  • cruelty free
  • gluten free (in case of ingestion while washing face)
  • use of certain essential oils for benefits (explained below)
  • use of certain essential oils for fragrance
  • effective
  • non-irritating
  • addresses allergy concerns

LFC Directions for Eyecare Professional Use

1. QD, BID or QHS

Dosing will depend on the symptoms and the severity of the symptoms.


For dry eye symptoms, I usually have my patient use the foaming cleanser after instillation of Restasis or Xiidra twice a day. 


For regular eyelid hygiene, I usually have my patient use this once a day.


For contagious conditions, using this product 2-4x a day will keep bacteria away to reinforce hand washing and overall hygiene. LFC MEN by no means is a treatment for eye conditions. It's a cosmetic product for cleansing to improve the appearance of the eyes and eyelids.

2. DO NOT GET INTO EYES

There is a surfactant in this product to provide the cleansing component. The surfactant is mild, but will sting the eyes if it gets inside. Just rinse liberally with water to dilute the surfactant. No harm will come to the eyes.

3. APPLICATION

Dispense 1-2 pumps on clean fingertips and massage foam into eyelid margins and eyelashes 5 times back and forth. Rinse thoroughly with water. This is not a leave on product.

4. DURATION OF USE

Use this daily as part of your cleansing routine. If you are having an eye condition that requires an eye doctor, they will know how to adjust the dosing to suit the corresponding condition. 

1. Tea Tree Oil

Explanation of Key Ingredients

2. Grapeseed Oil

3. Organic Jojoba Oil

Essential oil; anti-fungal; anti-bacterial; antiseptic; anti-inflammatory. Keeps meibomian glands and eyelash follicles clean to promote healthy eyelid margins.

Rich in linoleum acid; acts as an emollient and lubricant; antioxidant. Provides wound healing support and is a matrix metalloproteinases (MMP) inhibitor which supports epithelium & meibomian gland health.

Moisturizing; reconditions the skin; balances oil production; provides barrier protection; tocopherol (Vitamin E) content for antioxidant activity; anti-bacterial. Protects and repairs epithelium and smooths fine lines and wrinkles.

Natural, plant-based preservative; derived from bacteria that traditionally makes kimchi; consists of peptide that has been shown anti-microbial benefits.

Leuconostoc / Radish Root Extract Ferment Filtrate

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Active components are isolated from honeysuckle herbs; anti-microbial; a natural flavonoid and powerful anti-oxidant that has anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and detoxifying properties.

Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract

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Populus Tremuloides Bark Extract

A natural preserving agent; contains natural salicylate for additional beta-hydroxy skin refinement.

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Explanation of Plant-Based Preservative System

Preservatives are necessary because they prevent the growth of bacteria, fungus and yeast in cosmetic and food products. There are many type of preservatives available for cosmetics. Some are incredibly cheap such as parabens and some are incredibly expensive. LFC contains an incredibly expensive 4-part plant based preservative system that is explained here.

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Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract

Active components are isolated from honeysuckle herbs; anti-microbial; a natural flavonoid and powerful anti-oxidant that has anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and detoxifying properties.

Technical Q & A

Answers provided for professional purposes only by Dr. Tanya Gill, OD

Dr Gill: LFC MEN is a surfactant designed for effective, yet gentle cleansing. If LFC MEN gets into the eyes, it will sting like a soap. The initial market release of LFC was a "shake well before use" formula. One problem we encountered was that the surfactant would accumulate at the bottom of the container, leaving the strongest concentration to be distributed to the eyes all at once. This perhaps created the inconsistent stinging complaint. This problem was solved in 2018 with the release of a new LFC MEN formula that did not require "shake well before use."

Q: Why does this product sting in the eyes?

Q: How long does this product last?

Dr Gill: Depends on use but if used daily, it will last about 30 days. Most patients will go through 4 bottles of LFC MEN for every bottle of cleansing oil for MEN.

Q: Can you make this in a larger size?

Dr Gill: We are currently exploring & testing this option with the sale of double LFC MEN packs on our website. The test will run for about 6 months in which we will decide whether or not a refill size will be manufactured. 

Q: How long does this product last after I open it?

Dr Gill: The shelf life is 12 months after opening. 

Q: What skin type is this best suited for?

Dr Gill: It is suited for all skin types. If periocular dryness should occur after using this product, just dab a couple drops of cleansing oil for MEN as the jojoba oil will act as a skin conditioner. 

Q: My eyelids got red and swollen after using this. Is this an allergy?

Dr Gill: 2% of the population in the USA is allergic to tea tree oil. I have my patients perform a patch test on their wrist to test for an allergic response. If a patient is allergic to TTO, they should not use any WLE products that contain TTO.

Q: Where should I store this?

Dr Gill: The best place would be in a cool, dry place. Having said that, you can also keep it in the shower, but select the coolest and driest spot. If the consistency of the solution should change or smell, it should be discarded and customer service contacted immediately . Leaving LFC MEN in a steam room type shower where it can be very hot and moist is not advisable. 

Q: What is the difference between the foaming cleanser and foaming cleaner for men?

Dr Gill: There is no difference in the ingredients. The only difference is the box and label which provides an educational opportunity to talk about eyelid hygiene to men.

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